May 12, 2006
WACO, Texas--The Missouri track and field team started competition in the three-day Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Waco, Texas, on Friday. The Mizzou men came out of the gate early, scoring 22 points from the men's hammer throw event alone, placing in the two, three, four, and six spots.
Sophomore Jason Morris (St. Louis, Mo.) was the Tiger leader in the men's hammer throw, placing second with a throw of 213 feet, 8 inches (65.12m). Junior Bobby Musil (DuBois, Neb.) added 14 feet to his personal best on his final attempt to jump to third, scoring big with a 209-1 (63.72m) throw and moving to fourth all-time at Missouri in the event. Sophomore Tyler Dailey (Joplin, Mo.) was fourth at 202-4 (61.68m). And, sophomore Chris Rohr (Lee's Summit, Mo.) finished sixth at 192-10 (58.79m).
The scene was reminiscent to this year's Big 12 Indoor Championships when Mizzou took the 4-5-6, and 7 spots in the weight throw, with Rohr at fourth, Dailey in fifth, Nate Englin in sixth, and Morris in seventh.
In the women's hammer throw, freshman Krishna Lee (Kansas City, Mo.) added seven feet to her personal best to throw 162-2 (49.42m) and grab a point for the Tigers. Lee is now a two-time All-Big 12 performer, adding a top five finish during the indoor shot put championships.
The Tiger women scored 12 points in the women's 10,000-meter run. Senior Serena Ramsey (Waukesha, Wis.) placed second, clocking the second-best time in school history at 34:13.26. Ramsey, now a seven-time Big 12 scorer, also earned a solid NCAA-provisional qualifying mark with the run. Junior Valerie Lauver became a nine-time All-Big 12 performer with her sixth-place finish in the event, timing at 35:05.03. Sophomore Kate Greer earned her first All-Big 12 performer distinction of her career with an eighth-place finish at 37:04.65.
In the men's race, senior Josh Davis placed fifth at 30:40.95 to earn his fifth All-Big 12 honor.
After day one in the men's decathlon, Tiger junior Bjorn Sommerfeldt is in third place, scoring a career-high first-day total of 3,776 points. Sommerfeldt was helped by a new personal best in the high jump, as he leaped to 6-4¾ (1.95m) in the event.
Senior Hans Uldal stands fourth after day one of the decathlon with 3,750 points. Uldal, along with Texas' Donovan Kilmartin, struggled in the meet's first day which has opened the gates for new competitors to gain ground. Kilmartin did salvage a seven tenths-of-a-second personal best in the 400-meter dash (50.76) to put him ahead after four events at 3,995. Collegiate-record holder and collegiate leader, Trey Hardee of Texas, opted out of the decathlon in favor of entering individual events.
In the women's heptathlon, Liz Peterson (Jefferson City, Mo.) is in fourth after day one after setting a new personal-best day one total with 3,006 points. Peterson scored a personal best in the 200-meter dash with a 26.31 clocking. Sophomore Kaela Rorvig (Columbia, Mo.) is in eighth, scoring 2,845 points in day one. Rorvig scored a huge personal best in opening event, the 100-meter hurdles, running in 14.37. Rorvig also had a personal best in the shot put, marking 33-10¼ (10.32m).
Day two action will begin tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.